The Long-wattled Umbrellabird is a unique species of bird found in parts of South America. They live in coastal parts of Colombia and Ecuador, in tropical forest habitat.
The Long-wattled Umbrellabird is one of three species of Umbrellabird. All of the birds in this genus are found in South America. They are all named for the conspicuous curved umbrella-like crest on the head. The Long-wattled Umbrellabird is also named for the large inflatable wattle that hangs from the chest of male birds. During courtship, the wattle may be inflated as part of displays that are performed by multiple birds on leks.
Bird Terms: Wattles, Dewlaps, and Snoods, Oh My!
Some birds have fleshy growths hanging or protruding from the head or the neck. When these are a normal part of their anatomy, they are called caruncles. Caruncles are often made of bare ... more